, at the same time gently tell them that the real opprtunity to learn about and engage in networking was when you had a job. The real value proposition for networking is connecting to people in order to give...not get.
Sites that exist for "jobs" as pure plays are inevitably going to be replaced as employers find new ways to reach their targeted audience....not as the focus of their audience's interest but as something they discover in their peripheral vision. Affinity-specific restricted networks (corporate alumni, fraternities and sororities, professional associations, school alumni, etc.) will be great communities of interest to corporations who will find cheap, user friendly ways to insert information "in the peripheral vision" of the members.
On the other hand, serious career management sites that offer potential jobseekers highly relevant information can succeed ...but there isn't a single one among the 40,000 job boards that comes close to meeting the minimum standards I would set (versus the standards others might set ...but that is a much more intense discussion).…
to learn than to learn from others mistakes, if you are open enough to learn from them and humble enough to think you can learn anything from a site/community such as RBC.
I've made heaps of mistakes in my career, but hopefully I've taken a lesson from it. I learnt a lot politically this way, I was way to trusting at the start of my career and got burned subtly at the beginning.
A silly mistake... We had a huge drive back in the mid-late 90s when I was starting my career. I was overwhelmed by resumes, messages and general interest to a campaign my company was running. In a stressed mode with the idea of candidate care, I ensured I emailed every single applicant back thanking them for their response, promising a prompt response. However, sending them all individually seemed too time and effort intensive, so I put as many as I could on the one email and pressed send. I was new to technology, email (Eudora of all things) was new to me (I was still receiving cv's via fax and we kept hard copies), little did I realise that I put everyone in the "TO" part of the email. I was pretty proud of myself.... until the responses started coming back.. Guess what people were upset about a lack of confidentiality (and rightly so). My Managers were equally upset. I felt sick... my sentence.... I had to individually call every single person on the list, apologise for my error and smooth it all over. Let me assure you there were a lot of phone calls. I overcame, and after a few days of struggling to make eye contact with my managers, placements were made, the world turned and we kept moving forward. Was that day bad? yes... the worst I had in my career? No.. did I learn something, and not forgotten it EVER.. yes!
As this is a forum for learning and sharing, I am inviting people to add/share their mistakes that they have learnt from so that the rest of us can learn.…
this yeah?) Or is this what happens to Social networking sites when we have to work harder to stay ahead of the game.
I am a huge fan of this site, and check it out as often as possible. Knowing I will learn something to continue my value add to my company and myself somewhere.
However if this is what just happens when things get tighter in the market, are the value in these sites real? If they are really valuable surely activity, questioning and discussions would go up? (Maybe not the blogposts as they do take time and real effort to continuously post.)…
articipants and from those who were interested (especially "Boolean Beginners"), is that one of their major problems in their practice is dealing with too much information. As an example, some people feel they cannot even start to source on Google because they need to learn "all" about the advanced operators and sites to X-ray before they do.
So what I am trying to do is to pick and choose a small subset of technologies that I know can work and create practical results for a sourcer (and I know this from my hands-on practice). I then encourage people to get their feet wet before they learn how to use more.
Of course, a beginner webinar like that may not serve a more advanced sourcer who wants to know and use multiple search and metasearch engines, all twitter sites that are out there, etc.
It seems to me that announcing talks on many, many technologies and sites has its marketing advantage for trainers who give them. People are drawn to come to a webinar that covers 10 times many more sites and costs the same as another one. What happens next for some participants, is that too much material is hard to absorb, so they may come back for more...
If you sign up for a webinar, what matters to you in terms of its content? Is it more interesting to hear about 1,000 ways to source or hear about 5 select ways to source that are likely to bring results? (Of course there paid and free webinars, and there's a question of cost as well; I am more interested to hear what the desired content might be.)
Thanks for your feedback,